A California man was sentenced to life in prison this week after pleading no contest to charges he cut out his still-breathing girlfriend's lung in 2014.
Alexander Clever, 28, was accused of killing his 35-year-old girlfriend, Yvette Silva, on Nov. 29, 2014 after they and two others went to a motel in Pomona.
Clever and Silva went into a bathroom and were arguing when their companions tried to intervene after they heard muffled screaming, according to the prosecutor.
The defendant was then seen holding his unconscious girlfriend in a chokehold. The companions tried to free Silva and then went to get help, the LA County DA's Office said in a statement.
Police responded and found Silva's body in the shower with her heart and her right lung removed from her body. She was alive when her lung was cut out, the prosecutor said.
Two days later, Clever was arrested outside of his house and police found a knife on him that was later found to have the victim's DNA on it.
In July, Clever of Pomona pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree murder in case. He also admitted to special circumstance allegations that he committed mayhem and torture during the course of the killing.
He will not be eligible for parole.